Top Ten For Robinson At Brands JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson scored his first points of the 2004 British Supersport Championship with a superb ride into ninth place at a bright and sunny round two held at Brands Hatch ...
Top Ten For Robinson At Brands
JR Motosport team rider Jamie Robinson scored his first points of the 2004 British Supersport Championship with a superb ride into ninth place at a bright and sunny round two held at Brands Hatch yesterday.
Riding the Yamaha R6, the 28 year old from Holmfirth overcame a number of problems to claim the top ten result after an incident packed race in front of a bumper bank holiday crowd at the Kent Indy circuit
Having posted 14th best time during qualifying, Robinson was in good spirits for the 28 lap race - shown live on Sky Sports - and was confident of a good result having gained a race set up during morning warm up which he was happy with.
However, once the race got underway with Robinson slotting into the leading pack, it became apparent that the former 250cc British 250cc Champion had a problem as his lap times started to drop off as he explained:
"I simply had no grip and every time I put the power down, the tyre just started spinning. I was struggling everywhere and in the end, I was just having to hang on. I don't know why the tyre didn't work but I have to be happy with a top ten result but I wasn't racing with the people I knew I was capable of racing with.
The race was Robinson's first competitive outing since breaking his collarbone in five places during pre-season testing meaning he had to miss the opening round at Silverstone two weeks ago and admitted at the end he was relieved to finish:
"This was my first race back since smashing myself up and although it was disappointing not to have finished higher, I'll take the gift as a lot of others crashed out. I'm still only about 75% fit and it was all about scoring some points which I've done but at the same time, it is very frustrating" concluded Jamie.
For team mate Paul Veazey, it was another case of what might have been as the Middlesbrough teenager just missed out on the points by finishing in 16th place. Having just made the cut to squeeze onto the back of the grid, the former runner up in the Superteen Championship struggled with 'arm-pump' all weekend and despite a reoccurrence during the race, Veazey gamely hung on to 16th as he remained on the lead lap.
"I've never had this problem before but my arms pumped up and cut off the circulation inside my leathers" said the 17 year old. "I'm going to see a specialist this week to get the problem sorted but Brands is a physical track and it's a lot different hanging onto a 600cc four stroke than the little 125's that I've been used to".
Team boss Robinson agreed with his rider's synopsis:
"Paul needs to adapt and to work on his fitness in that area as racing a 600 is totally different from a 125. We've spoken and he knows he needs to build up those muscles and I'm sure he'll be better prepared for the next round at Snetterton which isn't quite so physically demanding."
Prior to the team's outing at Brands Hatch, Robinson's collarbone injury meant he was scheduled to be out for at least two rounds of the British Championship but defied Doctor's orders to come back sooner than expected.
But the injury did mean he had to sit out the season opener at Silverstone two weeks ago and as a result, Veazey was left to fly the flag for the JR Motosport team on his own which he did to good effect, posting a top twenty placing on his four-stroke debut in difficult and damp conditions.
With a two week break before the next round at Snetterton on April 25th, both Robinson and Veazey plan to be 100% fit when round three gets underway at the Norfolk track.
Supersport Race Result -- 28 laps
1, Jay Vincent (Honda) 23m19.965s, 2, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) +1.530s, 3, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) +1.686s, 4, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) +4.692s, 5, Tom Tunstall (Honda) +4.802s, 6, Michael Laverty (Ducati) +5.508s, 7, Kieran Murphy (Honda) +6.719s, 8, Lee Jackson (Honda) +8.678s, 9, Jamie Robinson (JR Motosport Yamaha) +8.702s, 10, Shane Norval (Honda) +8.870s. 16, Paul Veazey (JR Motosport Yamaha) +24.955.
Supersport Championship Standings (after Round 2)
1, Jay Vincent (Honda) 33 pts
2, Michael Laverty (Ducati) 26 pts
2, Pere Riba (Kawasaki) 26 pts
4, Karl Harris (Honda) 25 pts
4, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) 25 pts
6, Craig Jones (Triumph) 20 pts
7, Kieran Murphy (Honda) 19 pts
8, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) 16 pts
9, Tom Tunstall (Honda) 14 pts
10, Leon Camier (Honda) 11 pts
15, Jamie Robinson (JR Motosport Yamaha) 7pts